REMINDER: NEW E-VERIFY LAWS EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2013, IN GEORGIA, NORTH CAROLINA, PENNSYLVANIA, & TENNESSEE

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REMINDER: NEW E-VERIFY LAWS EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2013, IN GEORGIA, NORTH CAROLINA, PENNSYLVANIA, & TENNESSEE

On January 1, 2013, new E-Verify laws will go into effect in Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.

Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee will require many private employers to register for and begin using E-Verify. In Georgia, companies employing more than 10 people must register for E-Verify by July 1, 2012. In North Carolina, companies employing 100 or more personnel must be registered for and using the E-Verify system on January 1, 2013. Tennessee’s law is most expansive, requiring companies with more than 5 employees to register and begin using E-Verify by January 1st.

The Pennsylvania law is limited to state contractors and sub-contractors, which must register for E-Verify beginning January 1, 2013, if a project is worth $25,000 or more.

E-Verify participation involves self-reporting of violations. Employers have found that an audit of Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification procedures and forms is beneficial for mitigating liability for Form I-9 violations and for ensuring that compliance measures are rigorous enough to ensure a lawful workforce capable of withstanding the self-reporting requirements of the E-Verify program and any future Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigation. For more information on the benefits of an independent, professional Form I-9 audit, contact your FosterQuan immigration attorney today.

As always, FosterQuan will continue to monitor developments in the expansion of E-Verify laws and requirements nationwide and will make future updates available on the FosterQuan website and in future Immigration Updates©.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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